I never heard of preeclampsia until The Teen got hooked on Dowton Abbey and Twitter was abuzz about this being why one of the characters died after giving birth. When I was pregnant with my kids, my biggest worry was whether Rita’s would run out of cherry water ice. More mature and much wiser, I realize those were silly things to worry about given the other diseases that can creep up and harm mother and child.
Fellow writer Sarah (the same one who collected hats for Sandy victims!) talks about how preeclampsia affected her life and how she has decided to fight back against this disease.
|Derek meeting his sister Hayley for the first time|
We mothers are so used to being the nurturers and caregivers that very often we make light of what we are feeling in order to continue on with the routine. So when I woke up 6 days after my c-section unable to catch my breath, with blurry vision and a dull headache I thought I was just tired. I had a newborn and a toddler, I didn’t have time to think something was wrong with me or what I could do to fix it, but my husband Rob insisted I call my OBGYN.
|Sarah with Hayley two days before returning to the hospital|
Typically, preeclampsia occurs after 20 weeks gestation (in the late 2nd or 3rd trimesters or middle to late pregnancy), though it can occur earlier. Proper prenatal care is essential to diagnose and manage preeclampsia. Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH) and toxemia are outdated terms for preeclampsia. Globally, preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are a leading cause of maternal and infant illness and death. The Preeclampsia Foundation www.preeclampsia.org the only non-profit in the US devoted to hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, serving the 10 million women worldwide who develop preeclampsia each year.
I will forever being trying to help in the education of preeclampsia and raise money for The Preeclampsia Foundation. I am the volunteer walk coordinator for the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia Philadelphia/South Jersey. May is officially Preeclampsia Awareness Month. Won’t you join our walk on Saturday, May 11th, 2013 at Challenge Grove Park in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. We walk on Mother’s Day Weekend to celebrate Mothers and Babies!! If you aren’t local to the Philadelphia area you can find a walk closer to you at www.promisewalk.org We can’t do it alone!
|When she’s not giving back to the community, Sarah is writing at Finnegan and the Hughes|